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Is it damaging to wear my hair in a ponytail everyday?

 

As a natural-haired woman who is always on the go, I must say that I’m guilty of rocking the classic ponytail look more than I should. It wasn’t until recently that I realized my edges were becoming progressively thinner that I knew that I had a problem.

Traction Alopecia is a hair loss condition that is caused by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle by constant pulling and tension over a long period of time. Hairstyles that require the hair to be pulled with such force will cause noticeable thinning along the periphery of the scalp.

Hairstyles That Cause Traction Alopecia

  • Braiding and Cornrows
  • Weaving
  • Ponytails
  • Barettes

In order to prevent or cure this condition, make sure that you always moisturize your edges so that they don’t become dry and susceptible to breakage. Also when you put your hair into a bun or Ponytail, make sure that it is not too tight that its pulling on the peripheral region of your hair.  If you get a weave or your hair braided, make sure that you let your stylist know not to braid too tight on your edges.

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